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White Sox Minor League Update: July 1, 2021

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Everyone but the Barons has their parade pretty thoroughly rained on

Y They Cry: Yoelkis Céspedes (pictured) and Yolbert Sánchez both went deep for Winston-Salem in a damp and losing effort
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There was a conspicuous Jake-Burger-shaped hole in the Knights’ lineup today and they felt it, falling 7-6 after scoring two in the ninth but leaving runners on the corners. Jonathan Stiever was again vexed by the long ball, allowing three runs to score on two of them over four innings, taking 81 pitches to do so. As a silver lining, he kept the walks to just one, and struck out eight. Matt Tomshaw allowed two more runs over two innings (just one of those runs earned, due to Tim Beckham’s error), and Tyler Johnson allowed a further two runs in one inning of work. Kodi Medeiros and Danny Dopico each pitched a scoreless inning on the back end, lowering their ERAs to 3.31 and 3.07, respectively.

This one was full of scoring opportunities, but the Knights went just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 on base. Tim Beckham, fresh off a June where he slugged .732, reached base four times, singling three times and walking once. Blake Rutherford, Matt Reynolds, Mikie Mahtook, and Zach Remillard all had two hits; Luis González and Mahtook both hit home runs; the team hit five doubles. Despite all this, they still scored one of their six runs on a sacrifice fly and one on a groundout. Baseball, folks.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Tim Beckham: 3-for-4, 2 R, BB, K, E
    (65 votes)
  • 16%
    Blake Rutherford: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis González: 1-for-5, HR, R, RBI, K
    (0 votes)
  • 7%
    Matt Reynolds: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Zach Remillard: 2-for-5, 2B, K, GIDP
    (0 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 17%
    Joe DeCarlo: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (15 votes)
  • 33%
    Jonathan Stiever: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 8 K, WP
    (29 votes)
  • 8%
    Matt Tomshaw: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
    (7 votes)
  • 40%
    Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, WP
    (35 votes)
86 votes total Vote Now

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It took Jason Bilous 64 pitches to breeze through five one-hit innings against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday, 44 of those going for strikes. The bullpen didn’t need much more to finish it out, Jake Elliott and Lane Ramsey throwing 17 pitches between their two scoreless innings, Andrew Perez needing 28 to pitch two, allowing one run.

An early three-run outbreak sealed this one for the Barons, as Jameson Fisher and Xavier Fernández singled to open the second inning, then Ti’Quan Forbes sent his fourth dinger of the year into the seats—Forbes, who can and does play all over the infield, is now batting .298/.349/.461 in 38 games. The team added a fourth run for good measure in the fourth inning after Laz Rivera and Zack Granite both doubled. The Barons have the system’s best record at 28-22.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 60%
    Jason Bilous: 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 6 K, WP, 2 HBP
    (53 votes)
  • 38%
    Ti’Quan Forbes: 2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, K
    (34 votes)
  • 1%
    Micker Adolfo: 2-for-4, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Zack Granite: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Laz Rivera: 1-for-4, 2B, R, K
    (0 votes)
88 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Romy González: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (65 votes)
  • 2%
    Craig Dedelow: 0-for-3, BB, K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Mitch Roman: 0-for-2, BB, SB
    (0 votes)
67 votes total Vote Now

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Lenyn Sosa’s 12th double of the year kept his hitting streak alive, now up to 15 games. Obviously, this is the story of the game. Well, that and Yoelqui Céspedes’ third home run of the year (his second in two games), and Yolbert Sánchez’s fourth. The team also managed to score a run on a balk that occurred with runners on second and third. Defensively, the Dash also impressed, Duke Ellis and Lázaro Leal both credited with assists at second base.

Bailey Horn was called up from Kannapolis to make the start; the 2020 fifth-rounder is quietly one of the farm’s more intriguing prospects. In 27 ⅓ innings—eight starts—with the Ballers, Horn’s ERA was 2.63; he walked seven and struck out 32. In none of those starts did he allow more than five hits or three runs. Naturally, he allowed seven runs after facing eight batters on 36 pitches in the first inning, retiring only one before being replaced by Edgar Navarro, who allowed all three inherited baserunners to score. This favor was then returned to him by Trey Jeans, who gave up no runs of his own, but who did allow three inherited baserunners to score. Wilber Perez entered and allowed four final runs before Caleb Freeman and, naturally, utility player Johan Cruz closed it out without further damage.

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Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 87%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
    (70 votes)
  • 10%
    Yoelqui Céspedes: 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, 3 K
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, 2B
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Luis Curbelo: 1-for-3, BB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Tyler Osik: 1-for-4, 2B, 2K
    (0 votes)
80 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 94%
    Bailey Horn: ⅓ IP, 5 H, 7 R, BB, 0 K
    (66 votes)
  • 4%
    Edgar Navarro: 1 ⅓ IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 0 K
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Wilber Perez: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K
    (1 vote)
70 votes total Vote Now

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It was another one of those games again for the Cannon Ballers. Angel Acevedo was chased in the second, allowing seven runs total on five hits and two walks. Four of those hits went for extra bases, two over the fence. Sammy Peralta, Gavin Alston, and Brandon Jenkins all pitched pretty well in relief, each going more than two innings and striking out five, four, and five respectively, but each gave up one run that sank the Ballers a little deeper en route to a 15-35 record.

Three of the team’s five walks and two of the five hits came for the Ballers in the ninth as they scored two of their two runs; Harvin Mendoza and Chase Krogman both walked with the bases loaded to force in runs. Krogman also had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double. Bryan Ramos reached three times, singling twice and hit by a pitch once.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 79%
    Bryan Ramos: 2-for-3, R
    (47 votes)
  • 5%
    Luis Mieses: 1-for-4, outfield assist
    (3 votes)
  • 15%
    Chase Krogman: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K, GIDP
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-3, RBI, BB, K, GIDP
    (0 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Angel Acevedo: 1 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 7 R, 2 BB, K
    (55 votes)
  • 1%
    José Rodriguez: 0-for-4, K
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Brandon Bossard: 0-for-3, BB, 3 K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Victor Torres: 0-for-3, K
    (0 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

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Today’s standalone rookie ball game was seven innings, for some godforsaken reason, but it ended up being for the best as the ACL Sox dropped this one 10-4. The team did not exactly cover themselves with glory, striking out 18 times over those seven innings, including 12 times through ACL Indians starter Cody Morris’ 4 ⅓-inning start. Just to be clear, there were 21 outs in this game, and 18 were strikeouts. Elijah Tatís, Logan Glass, Misael González, and Edwin Peralta had three apiece; second baseman Wilber Sanchez was the only Sox batter who did not strike out. Richard Garcia, playing stateside for the first time after appearing only in the DSL from 2017-2019, hit a home run, as did Anderson Comas. Benyamin Bailey, sent down for some more experience before another try at full-season ball, went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Jacob Gilliland had the start today, and if you’ve never heard of him, it’s because he was the sole figure in a White Sox-Dodgers trade at the end of April; he was the Dodgers’ 32nd-round draft pick in 2018. In his first appearance for his new team, he allowed eight runs on seven hits and five walks in 2 ⅓ innings. Vince Arobio, also in Arizona after pitching very well in the low minors in 2019 and not so well in the higher minors, allowed two runs to score, walking three batters of his own and throwing two wild pitches. Keiter Perez and Frander Veras combined for 3 ⅓ scoreless to end it; they both have ERAs of 0.00.

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Who was the ACL Sox MVP?

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  • 88%
    Richard Garcia: 2-for-3, HR, 2R, RBI, K
    (45 votes)
  • 9%
    Anderson Comas: 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Wilber Sanchez: 1-for-3, R, 0 K
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Benyamin Bailey: 1-for-2, BB, K
    (1 vote)
51 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the ACL Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Jacob Gilliland: 2 ⅓ IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 BB, 0 K
    (46 votes)
  • 12%
    Elijah Tatís: 0-for-4, 3 K
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Logan Glass: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Misael González: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Misael Peralta: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (1 vote)
54 votes total Vote Now